The effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor continue to ripple through the workplace. Windsor struck down a Defense of Marriage Act provision that interpreted “marriage” and “spouse” to be limited to opposite-sex marriage for the purposes of federal law.
Now the Department of Labor has issued rules extendingprotections to same-sex married couples.
WHAT’S NEW: In June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. DOMA applied to all federal programs and laws, including the FMLA.
Since their inception,have based marriage recognition on the employee’s state of residence. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterated this position in August 2013 when it interpreted the regulations to apply to same-sex marriages.
However, that same month, the IRS ruled that same-sex couples wi...(register to read more)